Interesting Statistics and Facts on Bike Commuting in the US

May 15th, 2019

May is National Bike to Work to Month – an annual celebration of active transportation.  The League of American Cyclist created the idea in 1956 as way to promote the benefits of bicycling and to encourage more people to get pedaling. In the United States, we tend to be hard on ourselves about our rate… Read more »

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May is National Bike to Work to Month – an annual celebration of active transportation.  The League of American Cyclist created the idea in 1956 as way to promote the benefits of bicycling and to encourage more people to get pedaling.

In the United States, we tend to be hard on ourselves about our rate of biking compared to other countries such as Denmark or the Netherlands.  However, we have several reasons to be celebrating this Bike to Work Month. 

In America, the ranks of cycling commuters and trips taken by bike are growing. In recent years, the number of trips made by bicycle in the US more than doubled from 1.7 billion in 2001 to 4 billion in in 2009, according to the National Household Travel Survey

The number of bicycle commuters is also on the rise, especially in what the League of American Bicyclist refers to as a ‘Bicycle Friendly Community’.  In more recent years, biking to work has continued to trend upwards. A study found that between 2000 to 2013, commuting rates in large Bicycle Friendly Communities increased by nearly 105%.

To keep up the momentum, we’re sharing some fun stats about commuting and the benefits of bike infrastructure in the US.

Bike Participation Stats

• From 2000 to 2017, bicycle commuting has seen 43% growth nationwide, bringing the total number of bike commuters to 836,569 (U.S. Census Bureau)

• According to the American Community Survey, the share of commuters cycling to work has slightly dipped in recent years, however, 84% of the 70 largest cities have seen an upward trend in ridership in the last 12 years. 

• Which cities bicycle the most?  Amongst larger cities, Portland, Oregon, had the highest with more than 6% of daily commutes being taken by bike.  According to the Where We Ride study, here are the top 10 larger cities with the highest share of bicycle commuters.

Image via League of America Bicyclist

• Looking at gender, data shows the total number of women bike commuters in 2012 grew to 236,067, which is an almost 11% increase from 2011. More broadly, women commuting by bike has grown by 58.8% since 2006. What’s more, the American Community Survey data shows that the growth in bike commuting by women is outpacing that of men.

(The League of American Bicyclist – Women on A Roll)

Sustainability Benefits

Turns out, biking and commuting can be the best choice for the environment.

• Production: The average bike is made of 15 lbs of steel. Compare that to an average 1,800 lbs of steel to make a car! A bike requires less than 1% steel material to manufacture than a car does. The average bike commuter has an estimated 122 sq/m ecological footprint, while a car driver’s ecological footprint rings in at 1,442 sq/m. All the land and resources needed to produce a bike come to .085% the land and resources needed to produce a car. Credit: Treehugger

• Energy: According to WorldWatch, bicycles use only 35 calories of energy per passenger mile! Compare with cars (which use 1860 calories), buses (920), rail travel (885) and even walking (100), to see that biking really is the ultimate energy-efficient transportation. Credit: WorldWatch

• Space: 6 to 20 bikes can park in a single car parking space in a paved lot. WorldWatch also measures space efficiency: Cars in mixed traffic can accommodate 170 people per hour per one meter-width-equivalent right-of-way, while bikes can accommodate 1500 people. Credit: Planet Green

Economic Benefits

Studies have proven that State and regional districts that have invested in bicycling infrastructure have seen tangible impacts on their local economy for the better and a direct increase in ridership within those communities. Here are just few examples:

• Austin, TX – By shifting traffic from cars to bikes and making it easier to reach transit stops, Austin’s planned protected bike lane network is projected to increase the city’s traffic capacity by about 25,000 trips per day at about the same cost ratio as a single expressway widening. 
(Wilkes, Nathan.  – City of Austin 2014 Bike Plan Update.” Slide 47. “)

• Indianapolis, IN – The value of properties within one block of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail increased 148 percent after construction — more than doubling in value from 2008 to 2015. The $63 million public and private investment helped create $1 billion in additional assessed property value. 
(Indiana University Public Policy Institute  – Assessment of the Impact of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail)

• New York, NY – Protected bike lanes can be part of street redesigns that greatly boost retail performance. After the construction of a protected bike lane on 9th Avenue, local businesses saw a 49 percent increase in retail sales. On other streets in the borough, the average was only 3 percent. 
(NYC DOT, 2012  – Measuring the Street)

A redesign of NYC’s Union Square to include a protected bike lane resulted in 49% fewer commercial vacancies, compared to 5% more throughout Manhattan.
(NYC DOT, 2012  – Measuring the Street)

Philadelphia, PA – After buffered bike lanes were installed on Philadelphia’s Spruce and Pine streets, bike traffic increased 95 percent and the number of people biking on the sidewalks fell 22 percent. 
(Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, 2009  – Bicycle usage up 95% on Spruce and Pike bike lanes)

• San Francisco, CA – One mile of roadway planned through Golden Gate Park is 1,283 times more expensive to San Franciscans than one mile of protected bike lane. 
(San Francisco Bicycle Coalition  – No, protected bike lanes are probably not too expensive for your city to build)

Image via People for Bikes

• Washington, DC – On Washington DC’s first protected bike lanes, bike traffic has been growing seven times faster than the citywide rate. 
(District Department of Transportation, 2009-2013  – How high can they go? DC bike counts show continuing surge in protected lane use)

Increasing the number of bike commuters in the United States will have to be a joint effort between policymakers and the people on the streets. Start today to create the cycling culture you’d like to live in. Write a letter to your local representative to prioritize bike infrastructure. Then, slip on your high heeled shoes or suit up, put your laptop in your bike basket, and cycle to work with a smile. You might inspire someone else to do the same.

Interesting Earth Day Facts About Bikes

April 11th, 2019

Are you taking a moment to celebrate Earth Day this month? Earth Day is coming up on Monday, April 22. In the same way we here at PUBLIC celebrate love for bicycles, good design, and livable communities, we celebrate Earth all the time when we bicycle to work and around our lovely communities in the… Read more »

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Are you taking a moment to celebrate Earth Day this month? Earth Day is coming up on Monday, April 22.

In the same way we here at PUBLIC celebrate love for bicycles, good design, and livable communities, we celebrate Earth all the time when we bicycle to work and around our lovely communities in the Bay Area. The moments that we take to appreciate Earth are infinite, especially when we’re feeling the sun or breeze while riding our PUBLIC bikes.

PUBLIC celebrates design and strives to make cities livable by getting bikes into public spaces. There are a million different reasons to get out there and live your life on a beautiful (PUBLIC) bike, chief among them the as myriad of eco-benefits bicyclists experience.

Here are some fun eco-facts to dazzle the mind and inspire the soul.

Production: The average bike is made of 15 lbs of steel. Compare that to an average 1,800 lbs of steel to make a car! A bike requires less than 1% steel material to manufacture than a car does. The average bike commuter has an estimated 122 sq/m ecological footprint, while a car driver’s ecological footprint rings in at 1,442 sq/m. All the land and resources needed to produce a bike come to .085% the land and resources needed to produce a car. Credit: Treehugger

Energy: According to WorldWatch, bicycles use only 35 calories of energy per passenger mile! Compare with cars (which use 1860 calories), buses (920), rail travel (885) and even walking (100), to see that biking really is the ultimate energy-efficient transportation. Credit: WorldWatch

Space: 6 to 20 bikes can park in a single car parking space in a paved lot. WorldWatch also measures space efficiency: Cars in mixed traffic can accommodate 170 people per hour per one meter-width-equivalent right-of-way, while bikes can accommodate 1500 people. Credit: Planet Green

We bicycle because it gives us a sense of freedom and joy and makes us feel healthier. But it’s nice to know that we’re also leaving a smaller environmental impact whenever we pedal around town. So what are you waiting for?

Interview with LaTonya Yvette, Author of ‘Woman of Color’

April 1st, 2019

LaTonya Yvette, the blogger and stylist behind the eponymous site, is unapologetically candid about life’s trials, including motherhood, love, death, and racism. Her first book, Woman of Color, is part memoir, part lifestyle guide—packed with moving essays, gorgeous original and archival photographs, and practical style and beauty advice. At the very heart, though, it’s about LaTonya’s experience… Read more »

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LaTonya Yvette, the blogger and stylist behind the eponymous site, is unapologetically candid about life’s trials, including motherhood, love, death, and racism. Her first book, Woman of Color, is part memoir, part lifestyle guide—packed with moving essays, gorgeous original and archival photographs, and practical style and beauty advice. At the very heart, though, it’s about LaTonya’s experience growing up as a woman of color in Brooklyn.

Each beautifully designed chapter covers a different topic—the meaning behind her name, how vitiligo has shaped her definition of beauty, her childhood hairstyles, raising her children as a 20-something mom—and ends with thoughtful advice and lifestyle takeaways like how to tie a headwrap or incorporate new, bold colors into your wardrobe. Woman of Color is real life, real style for women from all walks of life. In it, LaTonya has written a love letter to women, filling this book with vulnerable, imperfect truths from a black woman blogger, a voice not often seen on bookstore shelves.

We caught up with her about her inspiration for the book and the reason why she mentions riding her PUBLIC C1 in the publication.

Tell us a little bit about what your book is about, in your own words.

Woman of color is part-memoir/ part lifestyle guide. I share stories of my own when it comes to style and beauty, but also womanhood, loss and race. Overall, I’ve been calling it a love letter, because at the core it does feel like that for me. 

What inspired you to write a book?

I’ve had a blog for 7 years, and I think my experience blogging was hard to navigate at times because I felt there was little room to be fully open in such a way. My past history was so much of who I was, but I hardly got to share it because it just wasn’t the space. And yet, all of these things that happen to us or that become part of our childhood and young adulthood story is so much part of who we are. I’ve been a writer my entire life, but the book gave me a space to just explore storytelling in another way. 

Who do you hope reads your book, and why?

When giving a blurb, one of my friend’s described it as universal. So while I want so may women (especially women of color) to read it, I just hope that it gets into the homes of many and inspires folks. I do hope that there are a lot of young women who realize that their stories matters and that power, joy and freedom are within their reach. 

Your bike is included in your book!  What’s your favorite part about riding?  

Although a picture of my beautiful bike didn’t make it in the book, I do mention riding. For me, riding in New York, especially as a Brooklynite is all about a different sense of freedom. It’s hard to explain. But coupled with kids, and your ability to explore and experience things is left wide open and quite beautiful and unique.

Biking to Connect

February 13th, 2019

Finding alone time as a couple once you have kids is hard. Finding alone time when you have three kids and a wife who is in surgical residency is almost impossible. But spoiler alert- we make it work!! We definitely don’t get date nights out as often as we would want, but we’ve learned connecting… Read more »

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Finding alone time as a couple once you have kids is hard. Finding alone time when you have three kids and a wife who is in surgical residency is almost impossible. But spoiler alert- we make it work!! We definitely don’t get date nights out as often as we would want, but we’ve learned connecting with one another doesn’t always have to be a super fancy or meticulously planned date.

In a beautiful way, having children has grounded us- mentally and physically. We have been forced to hang more locally and explore our own backyard. One of our favorite ways to do this is with our Public Bikes! Maybe it’s just me, but there is something about biking places that just feels so European and I love it!

We recently up leveled our biking game and got Public Bikes and we couldn’t love them more. Micaela selected the C9-AL its super light and feels very zippy. The straighter handle bars almost make this feel a bit like a road bike but it definitely still has a relaxed ride vibe to it.

I’m such a sucker for bright colors so I got a more cruiser style bike and went with the C7. I love my covered wheels so I don’t have to worry about water and dirt flying up not to mention my amazing grip shift! This was a totally new feature to me and I am a HUGE fan!

Aside from the sleek design and trendy color scheme, these bikes just ride SO SMOOTH. And I mean smmmmoooth!! We seriously felt like little kids cruising around on these beauts!

Quality time is definitely one of our shared love languages and when we get out for a simple ride, I always feel a strong sense of connection. And that’s what connecting is all about right?! Finding moments that work for YOU guys, no matter how frequent or infrequent they may be! What’s your favorite way to connect with your loved one? Let me know in the comments below!

ABOUT RAFF // Hey There! My name is Raffinee, but most people call me Raff. My wife, Micaela and I are Bay Area locals and mom to three toddlers born 7.5 months apart. Want to know more? Just head to RaffOutLoud.com 🙂

DIY Bicycle Wheel Wreath

December 6th, 2018

We’re so excited to share this incredibly clever holiday DIY Bicycle Wheel Wreath from Maren at Larch & Loon. Not only is it bike-themed (but, of course!), it’s easy and quick to assemble with beautiful results. Happy crafting! If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that I LOVE the holidays. My favorite traditions… Read more »

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bicycle wheel wreath

We’re so excited to share this incredibly clever holiday DIY Bicycle Wheel Wreath from Maren at Larch & Loon. Not only is it bike-themed (but, of course!), it’s easy and quick to assemble with beautiful results. Happy crafting!


If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that I LOVE the holidays. My favorite traditions include decorating the tree, drinking eggnog lattes and watching Love Actually on repeat. I always love this time of the year for crafting because nobody can judge you for covering everything with glitter!

This year, I decided to focus my holiday crafting attention on creating a bicycle wheel wreath. It’s super easy to make and adds a unique touch to your holiday home. I created two different versions, one a more traditional style and one that’s a little funky!

Ready to create your own? All you’ll need is a bike wheel, some garland and a big red bow.

bicycle wheel wreath

Step 1: Make some hot cocoa and start blasting All I Want For Christmas to get in the mood.

Step 2: Use a glue gun to attach the greenery. Warning: You will use a crap ton of glue sticks!

Step 3: Add some pretty little pinecones and berries to dress it up.

Step 4: Attach your bow. Mine came with wire on the back so I just wrapped that around the wheel.

bicycle wheel wreath

Cute, huh? The reindeer approve.

For the next one, I wanted to try something a little edgier so I used gold leaf paint and some florals I picked up at the local craft store.

bicycle wheel wreath

Step 1: Paint the wheel gold. I used quick dry spray paint so I wouldn’t have to wait too long to start decorating.

Step 2: Lay out the greenery pieces and choose the shape you want to create. I ended up trimming a lot of pieces off mine since they were so bushy, but it’s all personal preference.

Step 3: Attach the greenery with glue or wire. I found that the glue didn’t stick quite as well after the wheel was painted so wire came in handy here.

Step 4: Hang your beautiful new wreath near your stockings with care!

bicycle wheel wreath

I hope this inspires you to break out the glue gun and get crafty this holiday season. Enjoy!

Do Good By Bike: Vol 13 – Bicycle Angels

October 5th, 2018

#DoPublicGood is a project highlighting people or organizations that do good by bike. Each month we’ll be shining a spotlight on those who enrich communities all over through their two-wheeled advocacy. You can read our past #DoPublicGood profiles here. If you have a nominee for #DoPublicGood, please let us know in the comments and if selected… Read more »

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#DoPublicGood is a project highlighting people or organizations that do good by bike. Each month we’ll be shining a spotlight on those who enrich communities all over through their two-wheeled advocacy. You can read our past #DoPublicGood profiles here.

If you have a nominee for #DoPublicGood, please let us know in the comments and if selected we’ll send you both a PUBLIC gift certificate.


 

*Currently, over $2.3 million raised (and counting)!

 

This month we’re spotlighting Bicycle Angels, an organization that has made it possible for people across the nation to raise $2.3 million (and counting) towards charities close to their hearts. Bicycle Angels loans road bikes for free to people that want to participate and fundraise for an eligible charity cycling or triathlon event, but don’t have a suitable bike to use, and can’t afford one. The bicycles are loaned to motivated and committed individuals who are passionate about charity fundraising but are not financially capable of owning a bike suitable for endurance cycling.

 

How did Bicycle Angels begin?

BA:  Bicycle Angels was started by three Team in Training cycle team staff members, in order to help facilitate more fundraising. We found that some first-time endurance cycling participants didn’t have an adequate bike to complete an event, and couldn’t afford one either, or were not ready to make the investment in a road bike of their own. As the idea took hold, we decided that we wanted to branch out to support other charities as well.

 

How does the program work?

BA:  It’s easy! We have offices in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Diego, San Francisco, and Salt Lake City, where you can come check out the bike, sign our paperwork, and get fitted. All you will need is your ID, a valid credit card (which is only charged if the bike is lost or damaged), and proof that you are enrolled in an eligible charity event.

We currently work with 12+ eligible charities, listed on our site, and are always expanding. If you are looking to add a new charity to be included in our bike load program, you can contact us here.  We work with secular, non-political non-profit organizations.

The amount of time the bike is loaned out depends on the length of the event – Riding 30 miles in a triathlon? You’ll get the bike for around 3 months. Riding 100 miles in a century? You’ll get the bike for around 6 months.

We ask that the loaner bikes are returned within two weeks of either completing your event, getting a different bike, or discontinuing your fundraising/training efforts. We need your loaner bike back ASAP so it is available for other fundraising events!

 

Training ride on bikes from Bicycle Angel!

 

What is Team Bicycle Angels?

Team Bicycle Angels is a recreational cycling group sponsored by Bicycle Angels. The group is open to all levels of road cyclists. Our Team participates in a variety of fundraising bike events, such as the Tour de Cure for Diabetes, MS Coastal Challenge, and Arthritis Foundation California Coastal Classic.  We also train and ride for fun, friendship, and fitness!  The Team acts as ambassadors to our Bicycle Angels program and provides a pool of volunteers for our needs.

You can follow the Team or contact us on our Team Bicycle Angels Facebook page.

 

Members of Team Bicycle Angels repping their jerseys on a ride.

 

Praise for Bicycle Angels

“Bicycle Angels is addressing an important need for our community’s health and wellbeing by making it possible for more people to appreciate the joys and practicality of cycling. We need more angels like Bicycle Angels.” – Jullian Dillon, Director Special Events, American Diabetes Association

“Bicycle Angels is an amazing group. They’ve helped eliminate one of the biggest issues that people have with charity cycling events… having a bike. Several people have participated and raised money for our event that would have been unable to do so. We are so happy to refer our constituents to Bicycle Angels, where we know that they’ll be taken care of. Thank you… for breaking down barriers and helping people help people.” – Amy Dittmore, Development Manager, Bike MS

“Bicycle Angels is tremendous organization with a selfless mission – to enable participants to complete fundraising and training programs for other charities. By providing excellent bikes to six of our team members, Bicycle Angels has allowed them participate in our program, which in turn means that thousands more was raised to help patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. We are honored to work with the Bicycle Angels family and look forward to many more seasons together!” – Rob Baird, Endurance Manager, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America

Halloween Costumes for You and Your Bike

October 3rd, 2018

Boo! Halloween is right around the corner.  Your local stores have been showcasing pumpkins and candy for a month now, which means it’s time to start thinking about your costume.  If you’re like us, you won’t want your bike to miss out on the spooky festivities.  Thankfully, we came up with a list of costumes… Read more »

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Boo! Halloween is right around the corner.  Your local stores have been showcasing pumpkins and candy for a month now, which means it’s time to start thinking about your costume.  If you’re like us, you won’t want your bike to miss out on the spooky festivities.  Thankfully, we came up with a list of costumes ideas that not only incorporate your bike but also are fairly easy to put together.  Follow our looks exactly or mix them with items you already own to better match your style – and your bike!  Let us know in the comments below how you rocked it – or share it with us on Instagram by tagging @PUBLICBikes.

 

ELLIOT & ET

A great costume if you have a small dog! Just ditch the ET plush toy.

1. PUBLIC Metal Basket, 2. White Blanket, 3. Red Zip-Up Hoodie, 4. Blue Jeans, 5. PUBLIC R16 in Black (does not fly – sorry), 6. ET Plush Toy

 

 

 

EVEL KNIEVEL

Warning: This outfit may cause you to ask a friend to ‘hold your beer.’1. Nutcase Americana Helmet, 2. Evel Knievel Replica Jacket, 3. White Boots, 4. White Pants, 5. PUBLIC C7 in Cream, 6. Red, White, and Blue Socks

 

GROUP COSTUME: STRANGER THINGS

Why limit the fun? Group rides are a great way to socialize and exercise simultaneously, which is why a group-based costume is so great.  If your group is looking for something strange to happen Halloween night (or you’re super stoked corduroy is coming back into fashion), give these Stranger Things-inspired costumes a try.

 

 

 

FAMILY COSTUME: MARIO KART

Want to head out on bikes with the family? Wear out the kids with real life Mario Kart! There are characters for everyone, even the littlest bike riders, and biking around the neighborhood all night is sure to make memories that last a lifetime.

 

 

 

Do Good By Bike: Vol 12 – Bay2Border Bike Ride

September 6th, 2018

#DoPublicGood is a project highlighting people or organizations that do good by bike. Each month we’ll be shining a spotlight on those who enrich communities all over through their two-wheeled advocacy. You can read our past #DoPublicGood profiles here. If you have a nominee for #DoPublicGood, please let us know in the comments and if… Read more »

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#DoPublicGood is a project highlighting people or organizations that do good by bike. Each month we’ll be shining a spotlight on those who enrich communities all over through their two-wheeled advocacy. You can read our past #DoPublicGood profiles here.

If you have a nominee for #DoPublicGood, please let us know in the comments and if selected we’ll send you both a PUBLIC gift certificate.


This month, we’re featuring a cancer survivor, Giovanni Doemeny, and his girlfriend, Melanie Luther, who are biking the coast of California to raise money for their holistic wellness business and Testicular Cancer Awareness.

 

PUBLIC:  Where did this journey start for you?

 

GIO: I spent the first half of 2018 traveling literally around the globe. I was in a small surf town in Portugal when I noticed some alarming symptoms, and upon my father’s advice, I was on a flight home the following Monday. On Tuesday I was diagnosed with Testicular cancer.

Luckily I received immediate medical treatment and was able to overcome this health battle.

This experience has given me an entirely new perspective; a new appreciation for life! My health and wellness are now a top priority.

I have created Ikigai Global Wellness, a holistic wellness community with the mission to inform, inspire, and empower those in our community to live our healthiest and most fulfilling lives, and to redefine conventional perceptions of success.

 

PUBLIC:  Tell us more about the Bay2Border Bike Ride and its goal.

 

MEL:  Gio and I are biking from San Francisco to the border of Mexico on Sept 10 – Sept 25 to raise funding and awareness for our startup and testicular cancer non-profits. The goal is to raise $10,000 with 10% of funds going to established testicular cancer non-profits and the remainder will go towards developing educational content and online classes for Ikigai Global Wellness.

 

 

PUBLIC:  What kind of content can be found at Ikigai Global Wellness?

 

GIO: IkigaiGlobalWellness.com is an online resource for holistic wellness. We are working on developing our content to educate and inspire our community on health, happiness, meaning, and success. With the funding raised during this initiative, we hope to also develop comprehensive online courses.

The long-term vision of Ikigai Global Wellness is to be an online leader in holistic wellness; create an international network of health practitioners, coaches, and experts; and open wellness centers all over the globe!

 

 

PUBLIC:  How can people get involved and follow you along on your journey?

 

MEL: We will be giving live updates throughout our bike ride on our Instagram @ikigaiglobalwellness

You can join our facebook community here:

https://www.facebook.com/IkigaiGlobalWellness/

You can learn more about this initiative through our website:

https://ikigaiglobalwellness.com/b2b-bike-ride-initiative/

And support our cause through our crowdfunding campaign:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bay-2-border-bike-for-testicular-cancer-awareness/x/19283089#/

 

Commuter Diaries: Vol 3 – Taking on the Weekend

May 31st, 2018

Our Commuter Diaries series is written by Anita Vandyke. Anita runs a successful Instagram account (@rocket_science) about zero waste living. She is currently writing her first book A Zero Waste Lifestyle: a thirty day guide to be published in July 2018. For more information about the author please visit www.anitavandyke.com. Check out Commuter Diaries: Vol 1 to see… Read more »

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Our Commuter Diaries series is written by Anita Vandyke. Anita runs a successful Instagram account (@rocket_science) about zero waste living. She is currently writing her first book A Zero Waste Lifestyle: a thirty day guide to be published in July 2018. For more information about the author please visit www.anitavandyke.com.

Check out Commuter Diaries: Vol 1 to see how Anita chose the right bike and accessories and Commuter Diaries: Vol 2 to learn Anita’s tips & tricks for commuting to work.


Dear Commuter Diary,

Weekends are jam-packed with grocery shopping, brunches and catching up with friends! Nothing is better than summer in the city, but having a PUBLIC bike makes it infinitely easier to fit everything into the weekend.

 

Here is how I use my PUBLIC bike on the weekend:

1. Grocery shopping

 

The detachable PUBLIC Wire Basket makes it a great shopping basket for all your goodies! The basket is such a handy tool that can fit all my grocery needs whilst also being functional, stylish and practical. It is perfect for going to the farmer’s market or going to the bulk store!

 

 

2. Carrying my bags around

 

There’s no need to be pack-horse and manually carry everything around. That’s the great thing about having a PUBLIC bike, you can fit everything you need for the weekend on the back of your bike without hurting your shoulders. The basket is roomy enough to fit all your needs!

 

 

3. Going on a picnic

 

San Francisco is filled with great parks and hikes! Having a PUBLIC bike makes it easy for me to access hidden picnic spots and allows me to carry everything I need with ease and style. I have a seven-speed PUBLIC C7 Bike, which allows me to climb the hills of San Francisco and glide through the parks! I never have to worry about parking, because I can easily park my bike anywhere.

 

 

4. Traveling to BBQ’s

 

I love riding my PUBLIC bike to my friend’s houses and not have to search for parking. I usually just park straight outside their home or find a local bike rack to park my bike. Don’t forget to get yourself a sturdy lock! I can go straight from the grocery store to the BBQ with food, snacks and drinks!

 

 

5. Enjoying the sunshine and get some exercise

 

Many us don’t get enough exercise or Vitamin D as we spend much of our lives indoors. Having a PUBLIC bike allows me to get the exercise I need as part of my commute. This is great form of incidental exercise and also allows me to enjoy the Californian sunshine!

 

 

My PUBLIC bike has transformed my weekends, I no longer have to worry about parking my car, carrying heavy loads or accessing hidden picnic spots! It’s made my weekend commute around the city much more enjoyable and less stressful! Besides walking, biking has the lowest environmental impact for any means of transport. I love knowing that I am living a more eco-friendly life, without compromising on efficiency or style. To transform your weekend commute, why don’t you check out a PUBLIC bike today and see how easy and fun it is!

 

 

Commuter Diaries: Vol 2 – Traveling Around San Francisco

May 25th, 2018

Our Commuter Diaries series is written by Anita Vandyke. Anita runs a successful Instagram account (@rocket_science) about zero waste living. She is currently writing her first book A Zero Waste Lifestyle: a thirty day guide to be published in July 2018. For more information about the author please visit www.anitavandyke.com. Check out Commuter Diaries: Vol 1 to see… Read more »

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Our Commuter Diaries series is written by Anita Vandyke. Anita runs a successful Instagram account (@rocket_science) about zero waste living. She is currently writing her first book A Zero Waste Lifestyle: a thirty day guide to be published in July 2018. For more information about the author please visit www.anitavandyke.com.

Check out Commuter Diaries: Vol 1 to see how Anita chose the right bike and accessories.


Dear Commuter Diary,

I have to be honest, I never enjoyed my daily commute to work. It’s always seems like just a means to an end, not a journey that would spark joy. However, after a week of riding with my new PUBLIC bike, I am thrilled to say that my journey to work is one that I now love!

 

Tips and tricks on how to enjoy your commute to work:

 

1. Work it out

 

Riding my bike to work is a great work out, I get fresh air and exercise and it is a great form of active transport! Trust me, you’ll get buns of steel after climbing the hills of the San Francisco. The easiest way to make your commute easier is to get a multi-speed bike. My bike is the seven speed PUBLIC C7 Bike.

 

2. Wear a helmet

 

Dorky looking helmets is something I feared for a long time, but helmets are an important safety measure, especially for road riding. Choosing a stylish helmet makes the journey more fun!

 

3. Keep hydrated

 

I love that PUBLIC bikes have fun accessories which can store all your necessities such as your water bottle. Make sure you have one with you to keep hydrated. Staying hydrated will help you keep up the momentum throughout the day (plus, it’s great for your skin)!

 

4. Carry what you need

 

One of the great things about having a bike with a detachable basket is that I can carry what I need throughout a work day without looking like a pack horse! Save your shoulders and use your bike to store your backpack and other goodies! The detachable wire basket means I can just remove the basket and carry the whole thing into my work! So easy! It’s my favorite accessory in the PUBLIC range.

 

5. Choose a bike that suits your style

 

I love that I can wear dresses, blazers and coats with my step through PUBLIC bike. This step-through frame means that I don’t have to compromise my style for functionality – I can have both! I can look stylish, wear what I want and get to work still looking fresh. Also, the bike is based on Dutch design and looks super stylish! It suits my work and weekend aesthetic!

 

 

My PUBLIC bike has totally transformed my daily commute. I love that it looks so timelessly stylish and is a bike I can proudly show off for work or for the weekend! I get plenty of exercise, avoid traffic and I can carry all my needs for the day. Why didn’t I get a PUBLIC bike earlier?! This bike has totally transformed my daily commute, why not test one out today and see how great it is for yourself!